|Laura Matthews Year-by-Year|
Laura Matthews joined the Wittenberg coaching staff in 2012, beginning her first season as a head coach in 2013.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Dayton, Matthews arrived at Wittenberg after a successful four-year stint as an assistant coach at Lake Forest College. After serving as one of the team's hitting coaches and working with the team's infielders in 2009 and 2010, Matthews took over the pitching staff her last two years and helped the Foresters drop their team earned run average by 0.70 runs per game in 2012.
In her first season at the helm in Springfield, Matthews led the Tigers to a 23-13 overall record that opened with the best 9-game start in program history and concluded with second-place finishes in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular season standings and the league tournament. The Tigers followed that up with a 2014 season that ended with records of 24-11 overall and 11-5 in the NCAC, good for second place in both the regular season standings and the conference tournament.
Lake Forest posted an overall record of 72-68-1 during Matthews' four years on campus. The Foresters reached the Midwest Conference Tournament each of the last four years and secured the No. 1 seed after winning the South Division in three of those seasons. In 2010, Lake Forest finished second in the conference tournament en route to a 24-14-1 overall record. At one point, the team ranked 24th nationally.
Matthews also worked as the internship and alumni programs coordinator in Lake Forest College's Career Advancement Center from 2010-12. Prior to that, she worked as a business development associate for Kemper Sports Management for two years, representing the company at trade shows and conferences.
Before graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from the University of Dayton, Matthews served a pair of internships in her hometown of Nashville, Tenn., as a sports marketing intern with Vanderbilt University in 2006 and with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League in 2007.
Matthews was a four-year starter at catcher at Dayton, capping her career with second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Softball Team in 2008. That season, she posted career-bests in hits (44), runs (37), doubles (8), runners caught stealing (16) and a team-best .462 on-base percentage while starting all 51 games behind the plate for the Flyers.